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Friday, November 12, 2010
Rose-Wall: A statistical and historical look
Derrick Rose and John Wall begin their rivalry on Saturday at the United Center.
Two of the top young point guards in the NBA commence their rivalry on Saturday at the United Center as John Wall brings the Wizards to face Derrick Rose and the Bulls.
Both stars played one collegiate season for John Calipari and both were No. 1 overall picks.
Rose, who is in his third year, already has an impressive resume that includes: Rookie of the Year award; All-Star berth and World Championship.
Wall, a rookie, was third-youngest player in NBA history to post a triple-double.
John Wall faces Derrick Rose on Saturday at the United Center, and so far, the first six games of Wall's career have been superior to the first six games of Rose's career.
First 6 Games
Wall vs. Rose
John Wall was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2010. He and Derrick Rose are the only guards to be selected first overall since Allen Iverson in 1996.
Guards Selected No. 1 Overall
Last 35 Years
2010 - John Wall, WSH
2008 - Derrick Rose, CHI
1996 - Allen Iverson, PHI
1979 - Magic Johnson, LAL
1976 - John Lucas, HOU
It's rare that two players of such high stature, potential and youth go head-to-head against each other. Here are some other notable, highly anticipated individual matchups in recent NBA memory.
Nov. 6, 2004: Dwight Howard vs Emeka Okafor
Howard: 5 pts, 12 rebs; Okafor: 12 pts, 14 rebs
Nov. 5, 2003: LeBron James vs Carmelo AnthonyLBJ: 7 pts, 11 rebs, 7 asts; Melo: 14 pts, 6 rebs
Jan. 17, 2003: Yao Ming vs Shaquille O'Neal
Shaq: 31 pts, 13 rebs; Yao: 10 pts, 10 rebs
Dec. 16, 2001: Vince Carter vs Michael Jordan
MJ: 21 pts; Carter: 23 pts, 5 rebs
March 11, 1997: Allen Iverson vs Stephon Marbury
AI: 17 pts, 6 asts; Marbury: 24 pts, 9 asts